Chushingura (The treasury of loyal retainers) / a puppet play by Takeda Izumo, Miyoshi Shoraku, and Namiki Senryu. Translated by Donald Keene Takeda. A Puppet Play. Translated by Donald Keene. Columbia University Press. Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers). Google Preview. Pub Date: April Chushingura. (The treasury of loyal retainers): a puppet play by Takeda Izumo, Miyoshi. Shoraku and Namiki Senryu. (UNESCO Collection of Representa-.

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Jan 12, Sara rated it it was amazing. The multiple authorship of this play, in which, according to experts, different authors wrote different acts, led to a recognized unevenness in quality among the acts, as well as inconsistencies in the characters, resulting in one particular character being played by one actor early in the play and by another at the end!

That it is not read by more western readers is a shame. A Puppet Play Study Guide. The samurai then prepare to fight to the death before Lord Hangan’s shrine as Moronao’s brother arrives with reinforcements.

Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: A Puppet Play Summary & Study Guide

The narrator’s role is to describe the action and setting in lieu of stage directions in nearly the same manner as the narrator of pkppet occidental novel. Now imagine that this play would be at the center of your culture As punishment, the shogun demands that Lord Hangan commit seppuku. It’s definitely of its time and it reads like a novel but it’s also incredibly exciting. So happy to have finally found a copy of this play. Since Treasyry attending samurai, Kampei, has been distracted by the fairer sex, Honzo acts in his stead, restraining Lord Hangan.

Acts Eight and Nine. View the Study Pack. Jan 20, Kaila rated it liked it Shelves: But it also resulted in a great variety in the scenes, which has contributed greatly to the dominance of this particular play in the tradition, according to Keene. Chhshingura a fascinating play, especially since I am more familiar with the traditions of English Medieval, Renaissance, and Restoration theatre.

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Keene provides an excellent introduction retaihers footnotes to help the lay reader with orientation and context. It treaaury essential reading for anyone interested in classical literature from East Asia. There were little to no stage directions in my edition, so actually seeing what was happening was way more compelling than just reading lines.

A rated it it was ok Nov 17, It made it a better story for sure. The play was written by three different playwrights, which is why some of the characters personalities change drastically throug I do not want to give too much of the plot away, since the play is very short and poay to be a very quick read. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It is a fictionalized account of real events that occurred between andand so was set much earlier. Lots of drama and suicides, I doubt I would read this if it hasn’t been assigned.

At that moment, from a Noh play being performed in the castle wafts over to the pair the line “I approach the base of the pine and rub the trunk It also shows how much the family of a samurai has to devote to the master, like the wives being sold as prostitutes to help fund the plan to avenge their late master.

The Japanese puppet play Chushingura is a story of revenge. A woman places her hand in a man’s hand and indirectly suggests a tryst. Return to Book Page. At the consecration, Moronao receives a poem from Kaoyo that signifies her rejection of his love.

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The story revolves around bushido, the honor code of the samurai or ronin, who are masterless samurai. What a great story! Mar 07, Annie rated it it was ok.

The people I brought with me thought it overly long. Hangan’s samurai, Yuranosuke, spends years destroying his reputation so that he can be in a position to take vengeance on Moronao.


To this end, he allows his wife to be sold into prostitution.

Chūshingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers): A Puppet Play by Izumo Takeda

They lyoal to avenge the death of their late master and plan to attack the man who provoked their master to disgrace his honor. Chuwhingura throughout, the play emphasizes duty, loyalty and honor above all other virtues, which is pretty typical of Japanese culture for centuries.

Mar 01, Emma rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving…. He will gladly sacrifice himself for his daughter’s sake. Unbeknownst to Wakasanosuke, Honzo, his own head retainer, has softened Moronao’s heart with a bribe.

I would definitely recommend Chushingura to anyone who has a love of Japan or who find samurai interesting. I’m not one of them, so I’ll have to leave a comparative study aside here. Ku rated it it was amazing Apr 07, Also – interesting to imagine it being acted with puppets!

An entertaining read and my first “peek” into Japanese writing. Based on actual events, it’s simultaneously an action movie and a period piece, and Keene’s footnotes are actually interesting.

I do not read many plays, but I was able to be enveloped in the story and was so compelled by it that I finished it the day that I started it. Not two weeks later the first play based on the incident was performed and promptly shut down treasry the authorities.

Fans of King Arthur might enjoy this Eastern perspective! It is a must. The plot is filled with villians and heroes, and even if you aren’t a fan of ritual suicide, much of the characters’ motivations are easy to understand.